As people’s lives become busier and spare time becomes more precious, hiring a cleaner is no longer a luxury for many homeowners. It’s now often considered a need, rather than a want.
The most significant contributor to the change in attitude towards paying for professional cleaning services is the surge in women with dependent children returning to work. According to the Office for National Statistics (ONS), in England, there were 4.9 million working mums in 2017, compared to 3.7 million in 1996.
The latest government initiative of 30 hours of free childcare for eligible working families has undoubtedly made it possible for many women to return to the workplace.
This has led to an increase in demand for professional cleaning services, which makes it a great time to start a franchise in this industry.
Professional cleaning services London
In 2017 there were 1.1 million businesses and just over 3.5 million dwellings in London alone. This makes the UK capital a great place to start a professional cleaning services franchise.
However, while demand for cleaners in London is high, competition is also healthy. By investing in a franchise rather than starting your own independent business, you're able to benefit from a recognisable brand name and proven business model.
The cleaning industry, in London as well as the rest of the UK, is very varied with businesses catering to both the domestic and commercial market. Some companies choose to specialise in a particular type of cleaning to differentiate themselves in a very crowded marketplace.
Here are a few professional cleaning services franchises that have chosen to concentrate on a specific type of cleaning while offering a great investment opportunity.
Professional carpet cleaning services
David Muirhead and his wife Julie were fed up with having their carpets cleaned and then having to wait for an age for them to dry. So much so that in 2006 they decided to start their own business to offer customers a quick and convenient carpet cleaning service. And Zero Dry Time was born.
The unique systems and processes that Zero Dry Time use, along with the safe, non-toxic products applied, make this franchise one of the leading domestic and commercial cleaning businesses in the UK. And their franchisees feel the same way too. Since the carpet cleaning franchise was established, the quality training and ongoing support that is offered have led to 30 franchisees up and down the country investing in the business.
This flexible van-based franchise opportunity is affordable too. The franchise fee is £19,950 plus VAT and includes:
• Exclusive territory consisting of both domestic and commercial business opportunities
• Seven professional machines that provide an exceptional cleaning service
• Comprehensive training on all products and equipment
• Access to video and information via an e-learning portal
• Chemical starter pack
• Marketing pack: uniform and van branding
• Advertising pack: business cards, leaflets and personalised material
• Ongoing support
The cost of purchasing or leasing a suitable vehicle is not included in the franchise fee. There’s also be a low, fixed management fee that is payable to the franchisor on a monthly basis. Franchisees are advised to have adequate working capital available while the business is getting established to ensure that there are no cash flow issues.
Professional window cleaning services
My Window Cleaner is an ambitious new franchise which has plans to grow a network of window cleaning businesses catering to domestic and commercial customers all over the UK. The company was franchised in 2017 but has been operating as a successful business since 1997.
The window cleaning franchise has used innovative technology to make communication between franchisee and customer easier and more effective. Customers are also able to make bookings and pay for services through a convenient app. This gives customers peace of mind that they’re dealing with a professional, reliable and trustworthy business.
To become a My Window Cleaner franchisee, an investment of approximately £14,500 is needed. This total investment will include a deposit for a van, along with all the necessary window cleaning and IT equipment.
There’s also the option to purchase a My Window Cleaner resale franchise with an existing customer base and reputation. This will cost more but allows franchisees to start making a profit from day one.
This is a low-cost franchise opportunity with substantial earning potential. With hard work and commitment, franchisees can expect to earn around £50,000 or more once the business is established.
Commercial cleaning services
Dublcheck is a commercial cleaning franchise which gives franchisees the option of how they want to run their business. They can choose to take a hands-on approach, or they can build a team to perform the cleaning and take a more managerial role. The amount of money that can be earned is dependent on the route that is chosen, but Dublcheck guarantees a turnover of £15,000 for a hands-on business model. This increases to £500,000 a year for those deciding to take up a management role.
There’s also the added bonus that no sales calls need to be made to build up a client base as business is sourced on the franchisees’ behalf. Offering a stable and steady revenue stream, this commercial cleaning franchise provides a great investment opportunity.
The cost of becoming a franchisee is just £15,000 which is a fair price to pay for joining one of the UK’s largest commercial cleaning franchises. More than 100 have started their own businesses up and down the country benefiting from the recognised brand name that has been around for more than two decades.
Now is a great time to start a professional cleaning services franchise. They are in demand and usually provide flexibility for franchisees, with many offering the choice to either establish the business as a one-man-band or take on a team of employees. This gives franchisees the opportunity to grow their business as and when they’re ready.
The Editorial Team, Point Franchise ©